When Assassin’s Creed Mirage was unveiled, the gaming community was instantly captivated by the game’s setting, reminiscent of the iconic Assassin’s Creed universe. The bustling streets of Baghdad and the mysterious allure of the protagonist, Basim, bore a striking resemblance to the saga’s first hero, Altair.
In this article, we will delve into the intriguing parallels between Basim and Altair, highlighting the three significant similarities that bridge the gap between Assassin’s Creed Mirage and the classic AC 1.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a new installment in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise. The game will serve as a prequel to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and will follow the story of Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character who was first introduced in that game.
Mirage will be a return to the roots of the Assassin’s Creed series, with a focus on stealth, parkour, and assassination. The game will also feature a new setting, the bustling city of Baghdad in the 9th century AD.
Players will take on the role of Basim, a young Assassin who is eager to prove himself to the Brotherhood. Basim will learn the ways of the Assassin from the best, and he will put his skills to the test as he hunts down his targets.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is sure to please fans of the series who have been longing for a return to the classic gameplay. The game’s new setting and protagonist also offer something new for players to experience.
In the vast tapestry of Assassins that the series has introduced, both Basim and Altair stand out as exceptional figures. What sets them apart is their unique initiation into the Assassin Brotherhood. Unlike many other protagonists who find their way to the Creed through their journeys, Basim, much like Altair, begins his story already immersed in the order. Despite the centuries and vast distances that separate them—Mirage unfolding in the 9th century AD Baghdad and Assassin’s Creed set in the 12th century AD Jerusalem—both Assassins share an unwavering determination to prove their worth and ascend the ranks of the Brotherhood.
Stéphan Boudon, the Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, underscores this connection: “Basim is a very intriguing character. He is mysterious. It is also interesting to tell the story of his youth because he creates a parallel with Altair. When you play the first Assassin’s Creed, you live the life of an Assassin who wants to climb the ranks and prove he is worthy of the Creed; with Basim, it’s exactly the same.”
Ubisoft‘s return to the roots of the Assassin’s Creed series with Mirage also meant revisiting the essence of stealth and adventure, reminiscent of the early games. Basim, in his graceful movements and lethal precision, channels the spirit of Altair. Both Assassins share a profound affinity for parkour, navigating the rooftops of cities, and utilizing their mastery to silently approach targets, descending upon them from above, and executing swift, quiet assassinations with the iconic hidden blade. This common penchant for the art of silent killing showcases the timeless appeal of these characters.
At a glance, Assassin’s Creed Mirage might appear as a spiritual successor to the inaugural installment of the franchise. While not a direct sequel, keen-eyed fans couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance between Basim and Altair, especially from behind. Both Assassins don the traditional white robes, concealing their identities with hoods drawn over their heads, a trademark of the Brotherhood. Furthermore, they share a distinctive red cloth, billowing as they traverse the urban landscape. Basim wears it on the front, a mirror image of Altair, whose red sash is visible from both angles, further strengthening the visual link between the two characters.
In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Ubisoft ingeniously weaves the legacy of Altair into the tapestry of Basim’s narrative, creating a captivating homage to the roots of the series. Through their shared dedication to the Creed, mastery of silent lethality, and strikingly similar attire, Basim and Altair stand as kindred spirits across the centuries.
As players embark on Basim’s journey, they are not only immersing themselves in a new adventure but also rediscovering the essence of what made Assassin’s Creed an enduring masterpiece.